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I am a huge fan of the sport shift. I use it almost exclusively and have for the life of the car.
This is an '05 3s.

However, over the last few weeks, I've noticed that it won't accept my commands to downshift all of the time. This doesn't seem to occur when I shift UP - only Down. And it also doesn't happen all of the time when I downshift, but it does happen more times than not.

When I run in full auto transmission I don't seem to have any problems with the car shifting.

Any thoughts as to what may be causing this?
 

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[quote author=hotgravy link=topic=2474.msg4150855#msg4150855 date=1321888027]
I am a huge fan of the sport shift. I use it almost exclusively and have for the life of the car.
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Having said that, I assume you're not trying to downshift to second at 80mph :p

Are you pushing the shifter ALL the way forward to downshift? I've used the sport shift mode a lot too, and I've noticed that when I'm shifting up through the gears, I just "tap" the shifter back towards me. But when downshifting I actually have to grab and firmly push it forward to downshift. It feels like it's less sensitive to downshifting, and if I just tap it forward, it wont shift.. I actually need to PUSH it forward.

Maybe it's just a problem I'm experiencing though (08 MZ3s GT)...
 

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[quote author=phamt0m link=topic=2474.msg4150878#msg4150878 date=1321890372]
[quote author=hotgravy link=topic=2474.msg4150855#msg4150855 date=1321888027]
I am a huge fan of the sport shift. I use it almost exclusively and have for the life of the car.
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Having said that, I assume you're not trying to downshift to second at 80mph :p

Are you pushing the shifter ALL the way forward to downshift? I've used the sport shift mode a lot too, and I've noticed that when I'm shifting up through the gears, I just "tap" the shifter back towards me. But when downshifting I actually have to grab and firmly push it forward to downshift. It feels like it's less sensitive to downshifting, and if I just tap it forward, it wont shift.. I actually need to PUSH it forward.

Maybe it's just a problem I'm experiencing though (08 MZ3s GT)...
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Regarding your first question: Is that bad? JK. Of course I haven't

I know precisely what you're talking about. It has always been less sensitive to the upshift than the downshift. However, I can literally 'ram it' toward the console four or five time in an attempt to downshift and it won't respond at all.

I didn't read the thread in advance (just the first page) but had I done so, I'd have noticed that a few other people are having the same problem.

I haven't done the fluids in a while (I've got about 120k on her) but it seems as though it may be the sensors acting up? I just know if I take it to the dealership that I will ending up getting butt raped.
 

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yea dealership = $$$$$$

bring it to shop (or do it yourself if you have the right equipment) and get a tranny flush, maybe that'll help.
Do you notice any harshness in the shifting under normal driving in fully auto (D)?
AFAIK, there's no Mazda recommended service interval for the ATX fluid (changes/flushes), but I'm pretty sure that doesn't mean "just assume the fluid is good for the life of the tranny". :p

And I'm not sure what sensor's would be acting up that would cause the car not to downshift all the time. I feel like the only tranny sensor is the fluid level&temp, and if something is wrong they would probably throw a CEL.

I wonder if there's anything physically wrong with the shifter sensors (the ones that are for + and - shifts)--maybe dirty or bad contact points.. i dont really know how it's all hooked up. Maybe someone want's to take apart the console and see :p
 

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Why its useful

Well...the whole point of ppl buying an auto is they're not used to full control of the car. Auto-tranny with the manumatic, is still NOT a manual car cuz the auto tranny will monitor over the car and not let any major mistake by the drive on the gas input.

I suppose that when u downshift on the manumatic, it still takes a bit time for the car to engage to the lower gear as compare to us manuals just to engage the clutch
It is nice to down shift before a corner, and accelerate through it. That way you dont have to wait on the super slow downshift from the sloshbox. This is nice for us old people who still want to have a little fun!
 

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I've noticed recently on my 04' while using the sport shift. shifting down doesn't work at all, i can shift up without any issues. Anyone have any ideas what the cause may be?
 

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I am in the canyons a lot and used to a standard transmission; however, since I own an auto now I've tried it and was disappointed some lol. The computer sensed that I was shifting differently and locked me out of it making it 100% automatic with no shifting available. I think for regular driving you should be fine. I don't think the transmission controller likes me riding in gears for too long.
 
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